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The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated May 5, 2021 4.4k votes 1.4k voters 115.3k views92 items

List RulesOnly shows that premiered Season 1 on or after January 1, 2017.

With Hollywood increasingly embracing diversity, some of the best new Black shows have premiered since 2017. From lighthearted sitcoms to sci-fi thrillers to shows that tackle race relations head on, some amazing work has come out showcasing spectacular African American writers, producers, and actors. Which Black TV shows are the best? Vote below to decide!

What shows will you find on this new Black shows list? Grown-ish was inspired by the popular ABC sitcom Black-ish, with the new spinoff focusing on the story of the Johnsons' eldest daughter. . The hit First Wives Club premiered in 2019, and was based on the 1996 movie of the same name. Other good series featured on this list include A Black Lady Sketch Show, When They See Us, and All American.

Do you have a favorite new African American TV series? Vote for the best Black series below, and add anything you feel is missing. 

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    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A...  more

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    All American

    Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs
    All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair....  more

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    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson
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    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson
    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by...  more

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    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell
    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series...  more

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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain
    Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character...  more

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    Shots Fired

    Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt
    Shots Fired (Fox, 2017) is an American ten-part event drama television series. The series is...  more
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    Claws

    Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston
    Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five...  more

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    Marlon

    Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins
    Marlon (NBC, 2017) is an American comedy television series created by Christopher Moynihan and...  more

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    The Last O.G.

    Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer
    The Last O.G. (TBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jordan Peele and...  more
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    The Quad

    Anika Noni Rose, Ruben Santiago-Hudson
    The Quad (BET, 2017) is an American television drama, created by Felicia D. Henderson, Charles...  more
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    Power Book II: Ghost

    Lovell Adams-Gray, Mary J. Blige
    Power Book II: Ghost (Starz, 2020) is an American crime drama television series and spin-off...  more

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    She's Gotta Have It

    DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos
    She's Gotta Have It (Netflix, 2017) is a comedy-drama series created by Spike Lee, based on...  more
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    For Life

    Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma
    For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg....  more

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    P-Valley

    Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan
    P-Valley (Starz, 2020) is a crime drama television series created by Katori Hall and is an...  more

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    Black Monday

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells
    Black Monday (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series. An aspiring Wall Street...  more

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    Sistas

    Kj Smith, Mignon
    Sistas (BET, 2019) is a comedy television series created by Tyler Perry. A group of single...  more

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    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo
    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava...  more

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    24: Legacy

    Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto
    24: Legacy (Fox, 2017) is a spin-off of the 2001 series 24. It follows the life of ex-Army...  more

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    The Mayor

    Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele
    The Mayor (ABC, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Jeremy Bronson. Tired of waiting for...  more
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    Seven Seconds

    Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp
    Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena...  more

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    Self Made

    Octavia Spencer, Zahra Bentham
    Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix, 2020) is an upcoming American...  more
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    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt...  more

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    Boomerang

    Tequan Richmond, Tetona Jackson
    Boomerang (BET, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the film of the same...  more

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    The Neighborhood

    Max Greenfield, Cedric the Entertainer
    The Neighborhood (CBS, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Jim Reynolds....  more

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